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Continuing in a tradition of academic and athletic excellence, 31 Fall student-athletes at the University of Southern Maine (USM) have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their outstanding academic achievements, earning them slots on the 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) Fall All-Academic Team.

Students from the USM Huskies’ men's and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women's tennis,  field hockey and volleyball teams have earned the distinguished award, which requires students to meet a set of rigorous standards in order to quality.

To earn the designation, a student-athlete must be at least in sophomore standing both academically and athletically; have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the previous semester; and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year.

Al Bean, USM director of athletics, praised students whose work on and off the field (or court) earned them slots on the academic squad.

"The Department of Athletics is exceptionally proud of our student-athletes and their ability to excel academically and athletically," Bean said. "Balancing rigorous academic responsibilities and the commitment and challenges of being a student-athlete is no easy task, and speaks to the quality of character that is representative of USM student-athletes.”

The conference team consists of a diverse group of USM student-athletes representing 16 unique majors at the university, including six studying nursing, four each in exercise science and health sciences, and three in athletic training. According to USM Huskies, 23 fall all-academic award winners have at least a 3.5 GPA, and seven hold a 3.8 GPA or higher.

Sophomore Zach Hoyle, one of the many all-academic honorees, said the camaraderie with and support from his teammates is a motivator to push himself harder in the classroom.

“Academically, being a student-athlete keeps you sharp and motivated. You have to earn the right to compete, and the better you do in the classroom the more confident you are in the sport, and vice versa,” said the history major from Sidney, Maine. “Being a part of a team provides the type of support that is not found elsewhere. … I have an extended family — no matter what is going on in life  academically, athletically or personally, there is always a coach, an administrator or a group of teammates that a student-athlete can count on for help.”

Hoyle, a cross country athlete, has the honor of also being an All-Little East Conference performer, along with classmate Sydney Sirois, of Greene, who competes on the women’s cross country team. Joining them are junior field hockey players Makayla Garvin, of Springfield, Maine, and Abbie Staples, of Alfred.

A full list of all LEC Fall All-Academic team players can be found below.

Senior women's tennis captain Margaret "Sissy" Smith, an officer in USM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), has now earned her third LEC All-Academic honor and has helped the Huskies’ women's tennis team to back-to-back Remo Riciputi Awards (2017, 2018).

“As a member and officer of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, I have made connections with students and staff that have helped me grow in ways that I’ll be able to take with me into the future,” said Smith, a marketing major from Farmingdale. “The athletic department staff is always there to help and provide extra support and knowledge, and have been critical to my success as a student and as an athlete and have shaped my experience positively.”

Fully embracing the NCAA Division III philosophy and its commitment to academics and the full student-athlete experience, the University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics supports 501 student-athletes, who have a combined grade point average of 3.08.

This past November, USM Huskies athletics recognized a record 212 student-athletes with its William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete distinction, awarded to those who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the previous academic year. 

The news is yet another nod to USM Huskies' commitments to bettering its community through outreach and engagement. It was announced recently the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has earned the top honor from the National Association of Division III Athletic Directors (NADIIIAA) for its Unified Sports Program. The NADIIIAA additionaly honored the SAAC in its Array of Projects category with the Huskies earning third place for its numerous and on-going community service efforts. Read the full story at Southern Maine Huskies.

2018 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Teams

Sport

Class

Major

Hometown

Men's Cross Country

     

Josh Bloom

So.

General Management

Bar Harbor, Maine

Zach Hoyle

So.

History

Sidney, Maine

C.J. Moody

Jr.

Nursing

Old Town, Maine

       

Men's Soccer

     

Dalton Cassidy

Jr.

Economics

Fort Fairfield, Maine

       

Women's Cross Country

     

Haley Bantz

Sr.

English

East Waterboro, Maine

Angela Dubois

So.

Communication

Minot, Maine

Sydney Sirois

So.

Exercise Science

Greene, Maine

       

Field Hockey

     

Makayla Garvin

Jr.

Athletic Training

Springvale, Maine

Julia Nicol

So.

Health Science

Augusta, Maine

Maggie Redman

Jr.

Criminology

Alfred, Maine

Hayden Spencer

So.

Nursing

Sabattus, Maine

Abbie Staples

Jr.

General Management

Alfred, Maine

       

Women's Soccer

     

Emily Baker

Jr.

Exercise Science

Brunswick, Maine

Taylor Canastra

Sr.

Biology

Fairhaven, Mass.

Emma Cost

Jr.

Environmental Planning and Policy

Waterboro, Maine

Mychaela Harton

Jr.

History

Georgia, Vt.

Ally Little

Sr.

Athletic Training

Stoneham, Mass.

Sarah McLaughlin

So.

Health Science

Derry, N.H.

Sarah Michaud

Jr.

English

Candia, N.H.

       
       

Women's Tennis

     

Gabby Brooks

Jr.

Linguistics

Palermo, Maine

Courtney Jordan

Sr.

Chemistry

Portland, Maine

Ashley Owens

Sr.

Nursing

Penn Yan, N.Y.

Anastasiya Popov

So.

Health Science

Windham, Maine

Joanna Scheidegger

Sr.

Exercise Science

Lyss, Switzerland

Margaret Smith

Sr.

Marketing

Farmingdale, Maine

       

Women's Volleyball

     

Rachel Chille

So.

Nursing

Yarmouth, Maine

Lauren Delissio

So.

Nursing

Hebron, Conn.

Kacey Foerster

So.

English

Scarborough, Maine

Megan Getting

Jr.

Nursing

Bristol, Conn.

Kristina Odom

So.

Athletic Training

Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Nicole Schmitz

Sr.

Exercise Science

St. Paul, Minn.

Story courtesy of Southern Maine Huskies.